[March 11, 2014]LONDON
(Reuters) — "Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory", the new musical based on Roald Dahl's
novel, and a revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince 1981
box-office flop "Merrily We Roll Along" received seven nominations
each on Monday for the 2014 Olivier Awards.
Three other U.S. imports, the smash hit "The Book of Mormon"
by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, "The
Scottsboro Boys" based on the notorious Alabama trial of nine
teenage blacks accused of rape, and "Once", a musical version of
the eponymous film, got six each, including for best new
"It's been an extraordinary year for London theatre," Mark
Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, said at
a ceremony packed with theatre celebrities to announce the
nominations for the awards.
The winners will be named at the Royal Opera House on April 13.
Rubinstein said the London stage had seen 46 revivals, 19 new
plays, seven new comedies and nine new musicals produced in the
last year, which he said secured the British capital's position
as one of the world's great theatre centers.
Among major categories, some of the nominees are:
Henry Goodman — "The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui"
Tom Hiddleston — "Coriolanus"
Rory Kinnear — "Othello" and Jude Law for "Henry V"